Workplace: The Inspired Office

Inspired by Creativity:

WPP Detroit - Designed by Gensler


WPP’s new offices consolidate six separately operating advertising agencies in one location. Drawing inspiration from the creative nature of advertising and the character of Michigan, Gensler’s design stripped the suburban office building down to its shell to gain ceiling height and a more loft-like feel.

WPP Detroit Michigan - Designed by Gensler

Inspired by the Mountains:

House of Rossignol : French Office Architecture by Hérault Arnod Architectes


Architecture that pays tribute to the mountains. (images from

Rossignol HQ


Inspired by Topography:

Skype Luxembourg HQ by WAM


From WAM:  The undulating topography of the ceiling is conceived to encourage movement through the office.  This project forms the blueprint for Skype offices globally to provide a more fluid, dynamic office layout that supports the nomadic, roving nature of many of the Skype employees and the way they work.

Skype HQ

Skype HQ

Inspired by Technology:


The design reflects the Atari brand, includes plasma display screens situated throughout the space, and incorporates sustainable products such as bamboo flooring.  Designed by Nelson.

Inspired by Glamour:

Spanx HQ


Designed by TVS:  These community-oriented spaces reflect SPANX culture. “This was the first time they looked at how interior design would reflect their personality and support how they work,” says tvsdesign principal Steve Clem.  Images from Interior Design Magazine.

Spanx HQ

Spanx HQ

Inspired by Hockey:



The interior is a montage of materials and wintry colors that reflect the game of hockey, including the stainless steel of skate blades and the white of ice, said Frederic M. Strauss, principal in TPG Architecture of New York, the designers of the new offices. (from NYT)





You might also like:


Workplace: Attorney Offices

The following post demonstrates that the next generation of attorney offices defies the traditional marble and mahogany law firm of the 80’s and 90’s.  With more progressive attitudes, law firms are looking for designers to conceive spaces that are bright, open, and environmentally sustainable while continuing to balance the need to be buttoned up and professional yet still hip enough to recruit and retain the top attorneys.



Reception Areas

Gunderson Dettmer designed by HOK


Clifford Chance UK designed by Gensler


DLA Piper Reception Area by Gensler


Seyfarth Shaw Reception Area designed by Gensler


Chicago Law Firm Reception Area designed by SOM


Two story reception area of Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto designed by Mancini Duffy



Secretary and Support Areas


Custom Secretary Stations by Datesweiser



DLA Piper – Chicago
Designed by my good friend Ami Kahalekulu when she worked for Lieber.
Secretary Station and Private Office by Studio Tractor for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly
Break Roooms and Community Space
Kitchen at Katten Muchin Rosenman designed by Gensler




Collaborative space for Nilan Johnson Lewis by Cuningham Group in Minneapolis.


Lounge Space for DLA Piper in Tampa designed by Gensler


Gould & Ratner Lounge designed by SOM



Durie Tangrie designed by Envelope Architecture + Design



Conference Rooms


Nixon Peabody in San Francisco designed by Gensler was the first law firm to receive LEED certification.



Goodwin Proctor designed by Gensler


Conference Room by Studio Tractor for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly


Reception and Conference Area for Goodwin Proctor in LA designed by Perkins & Will


Conference Room with a dramatic black walls contrasting with a white credenza and natural wood conference table – designed for Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood California by HOK




Board Room at DLA Piper Amsterdam by  Hoffman Dujardin Architects



StudiosArchitecture designed this simple and non-hierarchical conference room for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff in SF



Private Offices

Attorney Private Office at only 88 square feet

Reno & Cavanaugh by Fox

And of course, we can’t forget the bathrooms…

Studio Tractor – Bathrooms for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly


Glass top vanity for a Chicago Law Firm by SOM


You might also like:

Workplace: More Cool Office Design

I love to browse the photos on the website Office Snapshots…

Etsy Offices – Office Snapshots.

Big, open, and expansive with lots of light. The Etsy office also features a number of crafty (homemade) items around the space to give it a less industrial feel. Huge mushroomy lamps that look make it seem like you are walking in a tapestry forest tend to do that. They also have small workstations for employees in a very open area, but the desks themselves seem to be quite a bit different from each other.



One & Co. Offices – from Office Snapshots

When given the opportunity to simplify, some companies can be too extreme in limiting items for the sake of minimalism, though in doing so, they eliminate many functional elements needed in a working office. One & Co seems to have a wonderful balance of form and function. The space looks beautiful, but it also has kept the necessities of industrial design


Yelp, one of the internet’s most popular destinations for restaurant ratings, recently moved into an old financial services office which needed some work to be compatible with the vision of the company. For starters, they hired Studio O+A and their sister company Pod Office to make the space inhabitable for the company’s numerous employees.


Workplace – Corporate America is Cooler than you think!

MidFirst Bank’s private-banking and executive office in Scottsdale, Arizona—the first project completed by Rottet Studio’s satellite in the resortlike Phoenix suburb.

Photos from Interior Design Magazine:  Hole in One – 2009-10-01 04:00:00 | Interior Design

Panduit – designed by Gensler Chicago – Photos by Christopher Barrett




Selected works from Clive Wilkinson:

Clive Wilkinson Architects

NYC Law Office


Successful design marries the past with the present. Perhaps the same can be said for a successful ad campaign. Regardless, it's what Interior Design Hall of Fame member Clive Wilkinson did at this advertising and communications graduate school.

Inspired by the ideas that drive the mad world of New York advertising, the 250,000-square-foot Midtown Manhattan headquarters of JWT comprises five open-plan floors punctuated by vignettes, events, poems, and encounters. Interior Design Hall of Fame member Clive Wilkinson made spectacular use of the vertical space by combining a 32-foot-tall atrium lobby with a concrete-treaded flying staircase and ovular meeting spaces enclosed by drywall or acoustically padded vinyl

Clive Wilkinson Architects

Studio Tractor Architecture – NY

NYC Law Office

Law Office

Law Office

Photos from Architonic




Hyatt HQ in Chicago - designed by SOM


Hyatt Headquarters – Chicago Because Hyatt is one of the world’s largest hotel and hospitality companies, hospitality informed the design to a large extent. The lobby of the building is treated almost like a hotel lobby, where people stand at the front desk and greet visitors by name when they arrive. Because Hyatt invented the concept of the hotel atrium, SOM incorporated a multi-story atrium space that reinforces the company’s core values and brand image, while also facilitating vertical communication between the different departments and company businesses. The liberal use of wood and other classic materials creates a zen-like atmosphere that speaks directly to Hyatt’s history of warm hospitality.

Hyatt HQ



LSM Offices in Washington DC

Lehman Smith McLeish

%d bloggers like this: